Local Folks

Local Folks: Joque Soskis

Local Folks: Joque Soskis

Long time Riverside resident Joque Soskis (who mentioned that the surname was probably shortened at Ellis Island in the 1800’s then continued his commentary with a short lesson on standardized English) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 12, 1941. The quick witted Soskis remarked that makes him “about the same age as dirt.” […]

Local Folks: Beth Robison

Local Folks: Beth Robison

Some local folks are fortunate enough to have their hobby and their work be one and the same. Beth Robison, an abstract landscape artist from Ortega, is one such lady. Many might know Robison as the mom of James, Jack, and Anna who run Grassroots Natural Market on Park Street in 5 Points. Others might […]

Local Folks: Danielle & Ian Cleary

Local Folks: Danielle & Ian Cleary

Many might recognize Danielle and Ian Cleary from Riverside Arts Market or as the local artists who paint murals around town. They are known for their creative brushstrokes. But they have green thumbs and free spirits as well. The Clearys are avid gardeners. They grow edibles—squash, tomatoes, onions. They also have three loquat trees, three […]

Local Folks: Betsy Board

Local Folks: Betsy Board

Although she hails from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Betsy Board says she has “morphed into somebody who loves shrimp and grits” which is understandable since she has lived in Jacksonville since the 1970’s. Her amusing and convoluted tale involves attending the College of the Virgin Islands in the late 1960’s majoring in French when a “good […]

Local Folks: Carlos Bouvier

Local Folks: Carlos Bouvier

Carlos Bouvier is on the ball here in Jacksonville! A soccer ball, that is. When he’s not making documentary films for a living, he’s in the park and on the field. Bouvier is a San Marco resident. Afternoons find him at Alexandria Oaks, which he refers to as “Our little super-secret, our beautiful park away […]

Local Folks: Susanna Barton

Local Folks: Susanna Barton

Susanna P. Barton holds the title Communications Coordinator at The Bolles School. And though she claims that her life outside of work is “so boring right now,” it is actually quite full as wife, mother, and friend. She and her husband of 25 years, David, met while attending college in Virginia. He grew up in […]

Local Folks: Elaine Wheeler

Local Folks: Elaine Wheeler

“All you need is love…and a carrot dog.” Paul McCartney may have written the first part of that line, but Elaine Wheeler created the now famous carrot dog at her vegetarian café and art gallery, Heartworks, which until 2007 was the heart and soul of 5 Points and one of the only vegetarian cafes in […]

Local Folks: Tyler Hodges

Local Folks: Tyler Hodges

Many know Tyler Hodges as President and Head of The Bolles School. Many don’t know him as a family man—a husband and a father. Hodges lives in a household among five females: his wife, Tristan; his daughters, Madalene (15) and Hannah (12); and his dogs, a 5-year-old goldendoodle named Murphie and an under-a-year-old Maltese shih […]

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